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Unique heritage walks of Jaipur / Nahargarh water walk

Few days ago, my friend invited me for an interesting & unique heritage walk in Jaipur Nahargarh water walk.  The walk was conducted by water management and conservation expert.  Nahargarh heritage water walk tries to uncover the methods of ancient water collection and rain water harvesting methods. There are two huge Baoris/ step-wells in Nahargarh Fort. This walk reveals how the entire system of collection and channelizing rain water into these water storage works.

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Water collection system. Nahargrah Heritage water walk
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Water pooling point / Nahargarh water walk
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Intact water channels of Nahargarh Fort
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Overview of the water collection area at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

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During last few years, Rain Water Harvesting has become a buzz word. Rain water harvesting techniques and water conservation have become very important in recent years. So much so that without rain water harvesting process in place, construction of a new building or house is not permitted by the urban governing authorities in Jaipur.

Neeraj, the conductor for this water walk has been conducting Jaigarh water walk for last few years. He completed his post graduation from USA; worked with the World Bank on water conservation. After shifting to Jaipur, he now focuses on consultancy services and also conducts water walks at Amer, Nahargarh & Jaigarh Forts. His family hails from western Rajasthan, which is a rain deficit region. Incidentally, water resource management is quite strong in western region of Rajasthan.

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Neeraj explaining the water management system during Nahargarh water walk

Nahargarh water walk is being developed in association with the Government of Rajasthan. It has not been launched yet on a commercial basis but it is likely to launch soon.

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Neeraj explaining the functioning of walk collection system in Nahargarh water walk

This heritage water walk in Jaipur focuses on the entire system for collecting the rain water and its storage,which was used few centuries ago. A large part of this system i.e. catchment area is still intact and functional. The water walk is an eye opener as to how people in those times conceived & developed the concept of water collection & storage systems. Some components of this system shares similarity with the ones used in Europe during the similar time frame, especially in Southern Europe!

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Neeraj leading the  Nahargarh water walk, unique heritage walk in Jaipur

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The water conservation program was completely dependent on rainfall. Once collected, the quantum of water could be used for more than a year and thereby making it easier to survive during rain deficit periods.

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Neeraj leading participants of Nahargarh water walk
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walking through water channel / Nahargarh water walk

Although major part of water collection and conservation system is still intact and functional, some sections have been damaged, which seems to be a work of human element rather than efflux of time.

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The damaged sections of water channel. Nahargarh water walk

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The water collected through these channels accumulates in Nahargarh Fort water reservoirs or storage tanks popularly called Nahargarh Baoris. Here are few pictures that explains the system.

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The channel running just below the fort ramparts carries the rain water to the storage tanks in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

A close up of this Nahargarh Fort water channel.

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A close up of the water channel at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

 

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Nahargarh Baori which is part of water collection and rain harvesting system.

 

Here is a panorama shot of the Nahargarh water storage tank or reservoir commonly called Nahargarh Baori. It is impossible to capture this Baori in a single shot!

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A panoramic shot of the Baori in Nahargarh Fort, used for storing rain water.

Nahargarh water walk was a great experience and proves how people used to work in tandem with the nature in ancient days. Despite living in this city for many years, certain sections of water conservation system especially the catchment area had escaped my attention too. While, we all have seen water storage in Jaigarh, Amer and Nahargarh Forts, the modus operandi was unknown.

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Neeraj  keeping everyone engaged during the Nahargarh water walk

Current generation is unaware of ancient water conservation systems but it’s important to spread awareness about this forgotten technique.

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On a unique heritage walks of Jaipur – Nahargarh water walk
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Nahargarh water conservation system

Here is a picture of the Nahargarh water channel during the monsoon. This picture shows how water collects in water channels.

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Water accumulating in Nahargarh Fort water channel. Nahargarh water Walk

I recommend Nahargarh heritage water walk in Jaipur for the heritage lovers and “knowledge seekers”. Nahargarh water walk  is not something which will interest everyone though. To know more about this water walk and how you can undertake one, you can email me -Jaipurthrumylens@gmail.com

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46 thoughts on “Unique heritage walks of Jaipur / Nahargarh water walk

  1. New generation may not even know the source of water in their own house. Water conservation is very serious issue and we really need to take this very seriously. Highly appreciate the efforts Neeraj is taking. We need more such Neeraj everywhere. When we were in Jaipur we stayed at low budget hotel. We asked for hot water and the guy said leave the tap open for few minutes and the hot water will start flowing after some time. We might have wasted buckets of water before we get the solar heated water. If this thing can happen in Jaipur imagine the rest of India.

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    1. Chetan! It’s a common scene when hotel has a solar Geycer! While solar geycer might be good option to save electricity the flip side is wastage of water.I too have experienced this in many places. it’s quite like using paper bags in place of plastic, who cares for increased felling of tree? I feel at least in India everyone is only interested in saving their own money or efforts. No one is bothered with environment, pollution, conserving heritage or any other greater cause because no ones wants to take pains! This applies to well educated professionals too. I don’t know when all this will change! I hope you can read my negative Outlook… 😦

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    1. Alok, I hope what you just wrote comes true ! I wouldn’t say that whatever happened in past was all good, but we have some lessons to learn. These systems were devised as a part of adaptation to local conditions. In devising such system, often the king would invite expert from far away countries to ensure fool proof system. by the way, It’s even better if you undertake the tour in person! 🙂

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  2. Very nice article I must say! A great and applaudable step taken towards water conservation. Today we see lots of issues prevailing in different states of our country due to water shortage. With such steps, I believe we can see colorful results.

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  3. Hi arv!

    This is a very interesting and informative walk and I must confess I didn’t know anything about this heritage. I am proud of persons like Neeraj and all those who are passionately following such programmes. Thank you for highlighting those efforts and being a part of this walk. These pictures speak volumes about the wisdom of those who created all those channels to conserve water.
    Thanks for sharing a valuable information.

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    1. Mridula! These water walks are not on Commercial lines and would interest select few despite the fact that these are quite interesting. Do undertake one when ever you are visiting the city.

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    1. Aishwarya! Thanks for being so thoughtful and nominating me for this award. I have been nominated earlier too by another blogger friend. I feel privileged by merely being on your list. 🙂
      However my blog post are made on things or topics related to Jaipur. Also I generally write on aspects! which interests me. so taking part in this award will be difficult proposition in view of above. I have chosen to stay away from awards and paid posts till now, probably because that is how I feel about it. let me thank you once again for the privilege. 🙂

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    1. True Somali.. if you look at any civilization.. Egyptian, Indus etc they all developed on rivers! Water was and will be important to us, after all our lives are dependent on it in more than one way.

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    1. It’s possible only in certain section. And you need to carry your cycle till that point. I will not suggest cycle on this channel as these are heritage structures which have weathered over last 250-300 years. cycling will damage them further. some sections of this channel have already been damaged. given the fact that techniques used in construction of these channels were different and we don’t use them anymore, repairing is challenge. I have met with people who would like to get such heritage structures repaired with same techniques but are forced to use brick and cement due unavailability of trained manpower. There are other interesting places where you can cycle in Jaipur though!

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  4. When will be the next water walk will be organized. I am very interested in joining it.
    Also how can a person can understand the whole water harvesting concept in Jaipur.

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  5. The water walks sound an excellent idea. I know the conservation of water is vital in many (most?) parts of India where the rainfall is little or unreliable. Suitable, tried-and-tested methods of collecting and storing water are equally important. Neeraj Joshi is doing an excellent job in trying to educate people about all this – and all during these very enjoyable walks.

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    1. True Millie. It’s a niche walk and one of it’s kind. In old days water was very important for selecting a site for the city and settlements, which is why most old cities and civilizations were located near the river or lake 🙂

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  6. This is awesome. The irony is that people were much aware of the importance of natural resources and the need to preserve and conserve them. Where, today, despite having modern techniques, skilled labours, and knowing the fact that we need to conserve water and other natural resources are taking them for granted and wasting with open hands. 😦 Beautifully written post, and much thanks for the virtual tour. 🙂 cheers!

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    1. That’s the problem, Rashi. we have forgotten the basics because we have created alternatives. Sooner or later we will realize this. Have you ever visited Jaipur?

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  7. Oh yeah… I have a like an army of relatives in Jaipur (sometimes, it’s scary. Esp, when ur on a vacation n u don’t wana turn the trip in a family gathering). Sure, so you’re a native?

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